Kidz STEM Songz

Ages: 3 - 8Producer: KidzMusic Records

$19.99

The KidZ STEM Songz package offers five songs from the previously released “Concoctions” CD by Dan Crow with “Franklin D. Dime & Abraham Penny,”a jazzy classic about coins is set to a clever, Schoolhouse Rock-style arrangement. (Editor’s note: if you can find a savings account with 5% interest, grab it!) The songs repeat as “Karaoke.”

The DVD animates “Concoctions” first four tracks, and a second 16-track CD compilation of STEM-ish songs includes Dave Kinnoin’s Lennon-esque “Weightless” and Katherine Dines’ light jazzy ode to imagination “It’s Amazing What You Can Do With Your Brain.”

Counting songs come from Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band “Gato Astronauta” and The Brian Waite Band’s “Five Cool Cats.” Marla Lewis’ “Sedimentary Rock” is a nice, semi-rapped geological song, Jonathan Sprout’s “E=MC2” is a wordy and fun bio of Albert Einstein, and Patricia Shi sings about calculating machines in “The Abacus.” Roger Day helms a fun and well-crafted tour on “The Brain Train,” Susan Salidor explores what can be done “When I Only Have A Minute,” and James Coffey stirs up the ghost of Johnny Cash on “I’m an Engineer.” The album concludes with Eric Ode’s lively lament “Poor Planet Pluto,” Billy Harley’s astronomical calypso “Milky Way,” Janet & Judy’s spoken and sung tribute “Thank A Plant,” the rappin’ “Jump” by David Fisher (The Rock ‘N Rope Warrior), and a lively ditty called “Botany” by David Weinkauf and the Red Pants Band.

Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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